Summer Hockey Roundup November 10

Summer Hockey is Great Fun.

One of the great things about summer hockey is the chance to play in the same team with friends and family. There is a more social focus, and there are no sheep stations up for grabs. This makes summer hockey a good time for new players to try the game out. It’s also a good opportunity for ex-players to return to the field and rediscover their skills and enjoyment of hockey. The smaller field and higher player density contributes to learning both skills and strategies which can be carried on to future participation.

This week’s summer hockey matches did not include any Junior games because of the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. There were some great efforts from our senior teams, with the Masters and Friday Family matches again providing great opportunities for new players.

Senior Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Grammar 8-4

Flame On vs Gators 15-5

Newtown Spirit vs The Jag Bags 7-6

Waaah Spaced vs Plainers 8-4

Masters Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 6-1. Great play by Rohan, Ian and Claire for Strikers, with Spirit well served by Chris, Marion and Stewart.

Friday Family

Supersonics vs Saints 5-0 (forfeit)

Rockets vs Bellarine 3-7. Excellent efforts from Will and Ollie, with Charlotte sneaking in a goal again. Great running the whole game by Noah.

New players are welcome to join our teams, with room for more players in the U17,  Kookas Junior and Masters Mixed teams.

 

Annual General Meeting 2018

Members are invited to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Newtown City Hockey, at 7.30 pm on Thursday November 22, at Stead Park, Corio.

Share the triumphs and highlights of the year, and give us your comments and suggestions to make 2019 even better.

Why would you want to attend?

  • Find out about the Club’s activities during 2018.
  • Receive a copy of the 2018 Annual Report and Financial Report.
  • Help start planning for a fantastic season in 2019.
  • Initiate discussion of any issues or problems within the Club
  • Enjoy a delicious supper and a chat with fellow members.

Members are invited to volunteer for a role within the Club or a committee position for 2019, but your attendance at the meeting will not place you under any obligation.
View the agenda here or nominate for a position on the Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or Committee member).
If you are unable to attend, please submit a proxy form prior to the meeting.

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a General Meeting, which will include discussion about the items raised in the Member Satisfaction Survey. All comments and suggestions from members will be greatly appreciated.

Just One Thing
With the release of the G21 Regional Hockey Strategy, there are big things and important actions on the horizon for Newtown City Hockey Club.
You are invited to participate in our “Just One Thing” campaign for 2019.

We want to develop our sport and our club for the benefit and enjoyment of current members, and that of future participants. There are many “things” which need to be done to achieve sustainable development and long term stability. With a large club such as ours (currently 340 members), we cannot expect these things to be done by just a few people.

We would be grateful if every family would nominate to do “just one thing” throughout the year. Your participation will make a significant contribution to our  club’s success, both on and off the field. Volunteering is also a great way to meet other people and other members of the club.

Here is the list of “Things” that we would appreciate your assistance with. Please  tick just one “thing” (or more if you wish)​, and we will be in contact with you regarding your participation.

Summer Hockey Roundup November 3

Summer Hockey Is All About Fun

The summer hockey season provides a great opportunity to keep active and have some fun with hockey. For new players or those returning to the game, it provides a relaxed way to learn or rediscover some skills. Play with friends and family, or make new friends.

Reminder: there is no hockey next week (November 5 & 6) for the junior teams due to the Melbourne Cup events.

More players wanted

More players are wanted for the U17 teams on Tuesday nights, plus Kookas on Friday, so if you are available, check the details and register here….

Beginners are welcome.

Supersonics are looking for some fill-in players next Friday as they will be playing an ‘Us vs Us’ game. White shirt and socks, maroon shorts.

Under 10 Mixed – Monday October 29

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 8-1. Great effort by new players Archer and Hugh who both scored again for Spirit. Nice goal for Strikers by Jacob.

Under 12 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

 Newtown Strikers vs Golden Plains 10-7. Excellent use of the width of the field this week and some great passing.

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong Jaguars 3-5

U14 Mixed -Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 10-2. Lovely game by Amelia, with all players making great tackles and interceptions.

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia White 7-4

U17 Mixed – Tuesday October 30

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong College 2-8

Newtown Strikers vs Kardinia 3-8

Senior Mixed – Wednesday October 31

Flame On vs Roped In 7-6

Newtown Strikers vs Bunny Bots 6-6

Waaah Spaced vs Newtown Spirit 8-4

Masters Mixed – Thursday November 1

Newtown Spirit vs Saints Black 12-4

Newtown Strikers vs Saints Red 6-4. Great debut game in Masters from Kellie, with Claire S frequently in perfect position on the wing.

Friday Family – Friday November 2

Rockets vs Not Fast Just Furious – received a forfeit but had a very enjoyable ‘Us vs Us’ game. Thanks to Darren, Harry and Peta for filling in. The contest between Noah and his dad Jason was very entertaining.

Supersonics vs Wombles 9-5. Great last line defence by Darren.

Kookas Junior Hockey – Friday November 2

Some excellent scanning and passing from Olivia and Annabel, and great calling  by Annabel.

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season – Grand Final

The 2018 hockey season came to a close with the highlight being a thrilling match in the Under 17 Mixed Grand Final. Congratulations to Newtown Strikers – Premiers for 2018.

The Grand Final match between Newtown Strikers and Torquay finally arrived on Saturday. Stead Park gave us the usual weather – windy and cold but with sunny skies and a few sprinklings of rain prior to the match. Our match was delayed a little due to the fantastic penalty shootout between U14  Torquay vs Geelong. Strikers started with a touch of nerves, we were passing early, and the hits were strong and long, but pressure from Torquay meant that many of those passes were inaccurate. Torquay had a Penalty Corner when Miles cleared the ball over the back line, but they couldn’t convert. Strikers pushed into attack a few times through Harry, Jack, Jarret, Oscar and EJ but Torquay’s defence had us struggling to reach the circle. It was mostly Torquay in attack with Sam R doing some good work to dispossess Torquay’s most senior player and Caleb and Miles continuing their brilliant form in defence. We were under siege for much of the half, and with Torquay entering the D quickly mid-way through the half, they scored a goal with a fast low reverse stick beating our defence and getting past Luka.

Soon after, Miles was sent off for 2 minutes, and then the clouds broke and pelting rain and hail saw the crowd vacate their seats to take cover. The rain slowed down the play a bit and there was no further scoring in the first half.

At half time as we tried to keep out of the rain behind the dug-out, Coach Darren and Assistant Coach Deb gave the team some words of encouragement and inspiration and they certainly took the words to heart, as we came out a much more cohesive unit in the second half. At the 8 minute mark Jarret forced a turn-over that enabled Harry and EH to take the ball into the circle and Strikers drew a Penalty Corner. Strikers had been practicing our Penalty Corners at this week’s training, and to stop Torquay running straight at Ella (as the only girl who could take the first hit), we practiced passing to other players and then to Ella for the hit. This worked perfectly during the Grand Final, as Jarret received the push, then passed to Harry who passed to Ella and she put the ball through, making the score 1-all.

The game was back and forth from there, with Torquay having the better opportunities with a hit across goal but no-one to receive, and a Penalty Corner 14 minutes into the half, but in a brilliant passage of play Jarret took the ball forward and passed to EJ. EJ then took the ball into the circle and with his trademark big swing scored a brilliant goal to give Strikers a 2-1 lead. Torquay kept calm and had a Penalty Corner which Strikers defeded, then Torquay again had a big chance with a hit across goal. Strikers too had some nice play with the team streaming into attack late in the half and a near goal as we managed to bring Torquay’s goalie out past Sam S but Sam’s hit was saved on the very last line of defence. With just on a minute remaining, Strikers had a Penalty Corner which was defended, but Torquay ran out of time to take the ball into attack. As the whistle for full-time was blown, the Strikers players, coaches and supporters were ecstatic to win in a fantastic game against a really awesome team in Torquay.

Thanks to Coaches Darren and Deb, families of the players, and most importantly the players themselves for believing in themselves and giving us a great hockey season, culminating in this fantastic Premiership triumph.

Go Strikers!

 

2018 hockey season

Newtown Strikers

2018 hockey season

Hockey Geelong U17 Premiers for 2018 – Newtown Strikers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Final Day also saw the presentation of Premiers and Runner Up medals and pennants for the U10 Mixed Competition. Congratulations to Newtown Strikers, Premiers, and Newtown Rebels, Runners Up, for these well deserved rewards for a hard fought hockey season.

 

2018 Winter Hockey Season – Preliminary Final

The 2018 hockey season is drawing to a close and what fantastic games our 4 teams put in!

It was a beautiful day for the Preliminary Finals, but fortune didn’t favour our U12 and U14 teams, with matches which couldn’t have been any closer. As we had two teams playing each other in the U17 Final, one team was always going to have to bow out for this hockey season. Congratulations and well done to all the teams on a fantastic hockey season.

Under 12 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Kardinia 1-2

This was a very close game, with Newtown Spirit using the width of the field to advantage, and creating many forward moves. Well considered passes to team mates and good scanning combined with some excellent ball control skills was a feature of Spirit’s game. Great defence by Ollie A and great running back to cover by Emma despite this being a new position for her. As the final whistle drew closer with the score at 1-1, it looked as if we were headed for extra time. However Kardinia scored the winning goal with 2 seconds to spare in the game, giving Spirit no chance to reply.

 

2018 Hockey Season Preliminary Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 14 Mixed

Newtown Spirit vs Geelong 2-2

Crunch time for Newtown today and a must win game to make it through to the grand final. Geelong wasted no time in making ground up the field from the whistle, but stoic defence from Newtown was able to neutralise the pressure from a series of short corners. Geelong were dominating possession and territory for most of the first half, but in one of the few instances Newtown were able to make it into opposition territory, we were able to win a free hit near the 25. As a bonus, one of Geelong’s more dominant players had a short break for a few minutes beside the tech bench. Newtown sensed an opportunity to capitalise and Charley produced a decisive run up the left side of the field and delivered a cross into the D for Basyl tap in the first goal. Unfortunately, Geelong were back to full strength soon after and equalised with the half ending 1:1.

The second half was a more even contest with Newtown now confident they had the measure of Geelong after their first half performance. Play moved from end to end through the majority of the half with both teams having multiple chances to score. The deadlock was finally broken with 5 minutes remaining when Newtown attacked up the right wing and into the D earning a short corner. Grace was ideally positioned near the post and hit the ball in for a 2:1 lead. Geelong realising their dominant season may end prematurely, ramped up the pressure and reciprocated with an equaliser from a short corner with 3 minutes remaining of the clock. The score was 2:2 at the final whistle, so it was into 7 minutes of extra time each way, or a golden goal to finish the game.

Neither team was able to bother the scoreboard in extra time with the game finally ending a 2:2 draw. Geelong moved through to the grand final against Torquay courtesy of their higher position on the ladder at the end of the regular season. Newtown can hold their heads high, as this game demonstrated how far we have come during the hockey season, previously having been beaten by Geelong in the two earlier encounters. See you all at presentation night at 6pm on Wednesday 19th Sept so we can celebrate what has been a great season of hockey.

Under 17 Mixed

Newtown Strikers vs Newtown Spirit 2-0

Strikers and Spirit faced off in the U17 Preliminary Final on Saturday. Spirit had beaten Strikers in all 5 of their encounters during the home and away season, so Strikers knew they’d need to bring their best performances to be in with a chance. Caleb was a stand-out early with his excellent defensive pressure, he dispossessed players on many occasions and both he and Sam R made some really nice strong passes forward. Spirit had a few early chances with their fast attackers getting through for a hit on goal, but Oscar defended one hit, then cleared a Penalty Corner hit shortly after. Spirit came forward again with a ball across goal but there was no-one to receive it.

Strikers then had a chance up forward with Oscar passing to Harry and Harry scored. Strikers were soon into attack again with a Penalty Corner but Ella’s hit to Jack was defended. Spirit kept the pressure on Strikers defenders with one hit just wide of goal, and a subsequent Spirit Penalty Corner was cleared well by Miles.

In the second half, Spirit had another Penalty Corner early, and again Strikers defended well, with Miles then running the ball into attack and passing to Harry who hit a great reverse-stick into goal to give Strikers a 2-nil lead. Strikers had a few more opportunities with Sam S and Jarret taking the ball forward on the wings, and Miles, Harry, Oscar and Jack bringing the ball into the circle, but Spirit held off further goals. With the clock ticking down, Spirit lifted to have the majority of the attack for the last 10 minutes, but Strikers’ defence was rock-solid, with Luka deflecting a hit on goal and Caleb, Sam R, Ella, EJ, Jack, Oscar and Miles keeping Spirit clear and causing their hits to be wide of goals. With a final score of 2-nil to Strikers, we go on to meet Torquay in the Grand Final next week as underdogs, but this week’s game has shown that we have what it takes to win the U17 Barnes Shield for Newtown.

Newtown Spirit vs Newtown Strikers 0-2

Newtown Spirit played Newtown Strikers in a highly competitive game on Saturday to determine who would go through to the grand final against Torquay. As expected both sides were determined to win and played an exceptional level of hockey. On coach’s orders Spirit came out hard in the first half with Spirit playing forward and putting on the pressure. With a break away at the 11 minute mark Strikers were able to take control of the play and score with a deflection high into the corner of the goal. Undeterred Spirit increased the pressure and won many short corners, however, were unable to convert. In the second half Spirit remained focused and attacked often, though were unable to penetrate the Strikers defense with the final result 2:0 to the Strikers.

Congratulations to Strikers for a well played game and to Spirit for really pushing them throughout the game to the final whistle. It was fantastic to see so many Spirit players lift during the game and as always thanks to our U/14 players who were exceptional, our two Harry’s, Oliver, and Angus who stepped up at the last minute to fill the goalie position. Sadly next year Newtown Spirit will lose Rachel, Oliver and Emily who will be moving up a level. These players have been so strong throughout this season, we thank them for their efforts and leadership and wish them all well for the next season. For those who will remain in the U/17 team next year it is exciting to see the team potential and how it may develop over another season, particularly with so many strong younger players really developing their talent.